Relatives haunted by 2001 murder seek help

POLICE yesterday issued a fresh appeal for information on the murder of a South Yorkshire man whose body was found 10 years ago.

On the tenth anniversary of his death, the family of Brian Metcalfe, along with Crimestoppers, are offering a reward of £7,000 for information that leads to a conviction.

The 43-year-old’s body was found on Sunday, October 14, 2001 under a bridge on Station Road in Wath-upon-Dearne, Rotherham.

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Post-mortem examination results showed Mr Metcalfe had been assaulted and he may have died as early as Friday, October 12.

Detectives believe Mr Metcalfe was drinking in pubs in Wath before the attack. A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said he was “well known” in the area, and officers think “the answer to his murder lies in the Wath community”.

Acting Detective Superintendent Terry Mann said: “We are appealing to the public and in particular the community of Wath on the ten-year anniversary of Brian’s death.

“I am specifically asking for anyone out and about in Wath between Friday, October 12 and Sunday, October 14, 2001 who may have seen Brian, to contact us.

“Were you out near Station Road that weekend? Did you see Brian, who was 5ft 8in and of a stocky build? He was wearing a black leather jacket and black denim jeans.”

Mr Mann added: “You may have kept some information on this crime for ten years. Now is the time to come forward and help provide some answers for a grieving family.

“Your life may have moved on, but Brian’s family cannot. South Yorkshire Police remain determined to bring the person responsible for Brian’s death to justice.”

Mr Metcalfe’s family are offering a £5,000 reward and Crimestoppers have pledged a further £2,000.

For the Crimestoppers reward, information must go through them by calling 0800 500 111.

Mr Metcalfe’s sister, Sue Metcalfe, said: “Ten years have gone by and not a day passes without us thinking of Brian. His death haunts us.

“Please help us find closure and help him to rest in peace. If you have any information at all please phone.”

There have been arrests over the years, but nobody has been charged with Mr Metcalfe’s murder. Anyone with information should call 0114 2963161.